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IN STORE ONLY [w/ EDU discount, YMMV]: Microsoft Store - Lenovo Y50 Ultra High Definition Haswell i7 Touchscreen Gaming Notebook - Nvidia 860M, 16Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD - $1259.10 + TAX

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As part of the Back To School promotions going on at Microsoft Store, the site currently has the Ultra High Definition (UHD) Y50 TOUCH listed as starting at $1259.10 + TAX.


This is lower (pre-tax) than the New Egg version of this that DOES NOT HAVE A TOUCHSCREEN:

http://slickdeals.net/f/7082364-lenovo-y50-4k-59425943-gaming-notebook-intel-core-i7-4700hq-2-40ghz-16gb-memory-256gb-ssd-nvidia-geforce-gtx-860m-2gb-15-6-windows-8-1-64-bit-for-1279-99-fs-lowest-ever
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Here are the specs of this POWERHOUSE computer. Right now it's a Microsoft Store EXCLUSIVE, and it's not even sold on Lenovo's website:

Lenovo Y50-70 4K Touchscreen Laptop - Intel Core i7
15.6-inch Ultra HD touchscreen
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
16GB memory/256GB SSD (mine is a LiteON drive)
Up to 5 hours battery life

SPECIFICS:
Display: 15.6 in Ultra HD LED (3840 x 2160), 10-finger multi-touch support
Processor: Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.40 GHz
Memory: 16GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Hard drive size: 256GB SSD
Operating system: Windows 8.1, 64-bit
PC type: Laptop
Optical drive: None
Media drive: 4-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/SDXC/SDHC)
Audio: JBL speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB graphics memory, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Ports: 2 USB 3.0 • 1 USB 2.0 • HDMI • S/PDIF • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • LAN (10/100/1000)
Battery: 4-cell lithium-ion (up to 5 hours)*
Camera: 720p HD webcam
Wireless: 802.11ac/a/b/g/n (Miracast enabled)
Bluetooth: Yes
Dimensions: 15.24 x 13.11 x 0.94 in (387.09 x 332.99 x 23.87 mm)
Weight: 5.54 lbs (2.51 kg)
Color: Black
Other: Model number: Y50-70 Touch • Keyboard travel: 1.3 mm • Touchpad dimensions: 107 x 72 mm • Backlit keyboard • Security lock slot

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Now that we've described the computer, let's revisit the $1259.10 + TAX price that I got the computer for.

Microsoft advertises this number on a webpage by using the Back To School $100 off offer and then applying the standard 10% off student/faculty/staff education discount.

So, the price is supposed to go from $1499.00 to $1399.00 (less the $100 advertised at the bottom of the product page) and then to $1259.10 (less the 10% of $1399.00).

UNFORTUNATELY, when you try to add the item to the cart online, the prices stays at $1349.00. Apparently the $100 discount isn't being applied.

I called MS Store via phone, and I was transferred to someone in India who said he couldn't override the price and said both discounts wouldn't stack. Called again yesterday morning and got an American who said he also couldn't stack the discounts. I pointed out that the website noted that the prices "started at $1259.10, reflecting 10% off the 'current price of $1399'" but he wouldn't budge. However, he did say that I could go into a local store and that the managers there had more flexibility to adjust prices if I brought printouts from the website.

INSTRUCTIONS:

To log into the education store, you go to www.microsoftstore.com and then click on [Shop Products] and then click on the [Education] link (see figure 1).

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Next, once you select your school/etc (you can just select something even if you don't have an ID, BUT the MS Store may ask to see your student/faculty/staff ID), you then type Y50 in the top right corner of the screen in the search box and then hit [ENTER] (see figure 2).

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The next page will show the Y50. Note that at the bottom, it will state that the price starts from $1259.10 with and "original price" of $1399.00. YOU WANT TO PRINT OUT THIS PAGE (or use the photo that I provided laugh out loud; see figure 3).

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Now, click on the Y50, and it will bring you to the next page which will now show a price of $1349.00 (instead of $1259.10 like the prior page advertised). HOWEVER, note that below this will be a banner stating that this PC is $100 off with the back to school special. Make sure you select the "PC only" instead of the "PC with Office" to get the $100 off. If you select the "PC with Office" you get charged for the price of Office but save $150.00 (see figure 4).

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PRINT THIS PAGE OUT ALSO. THIS SHOWS THAT THERE IS A $100.00 OFF OFFER ON THIS AS PART OF THE BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS (but that for some reason the site isn't processing both the $100 and the 10% discounts when you click to add to cart); here's where you go back to the previous page that you printed and show that they're advertising a price of $1259.10, discounted from $1399.00, implying that the $100 was supposed to be taken off the $1499.00 original price.

NOW, assuming you can easily explain the above and/or have good explanatory skills/persuasion skills, go to a local Microsoft Store and ask for the "advertised price." Actually, it wasn't too hard for me to get a price match to the website, since I said that MS was "ADVERTISING" on their website a price of $1259.10 and that there was just a website "error".

I also opted for the MS Complete 3 year accidental protection plan (Lenovo charges $215.10 + TAX for their on site in home protection plan (3YR In-Home + Accidental Damage Protection Plan - Part number: 78Y1541) if you order it using the IBM Shareholder Discount from Lenovo (www.lenovo.com/spp). I figured that "buying" a $300 plan (which I got a refund on today LMAO - you have 30 days for a full refund on the plan) would help "seal the deal."

So, below is my original receipt (with identifying info of course whited out/deleted).

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Hope this helps! Slick deal, since this is cheaper than the Y50 Ultra HD (without touch) which is currently starting at $1249.00 at Lenovo's SPP website. It only has a Hybrid 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD and 8 Gb of RAM.

http://shop.lenovo.com/ibmspp/us/...s/y50-uhd/

In contrast, the Y50 Touch (NOT UHD - it is FHD) starts at $1349.00 at Lenovo's SPP website starts at $1319.12 with the same hybrid drive and 8Gb of RAM.

http://shop.lenovo.com/ibmspp/us/...y50-touch/

Both have the crappier Intel 3160 wireless card and shipping time for the Y50 UHD is quoted at 3-4 wks while the shipping time for the Y50 Touch is 1-3 days.

BestBuy.com does have a better version of the Y50 Touch (FHD) in the sense that it has an included DVD burner and retails for $1149.00 on their website. The price can be discounted using the ubiquitous USPS Mover's coupon to $1034.10 before tax.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenov.../6443007.p

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All in all, this Y50 UHD Touch is not currently available anywhere else that I know of. It has maxed out RAM (16 Gigs) + the SSD. So, at this price point, I think it's very competitive. If you were to buy a non-UHD Y50 Touch, I'd go for the Best Buy model; however, for only effectively ~ $200 more, you get double the ram (the Best Buy model has 2x 4 Gb RAM sticks, so you'd have to buy 2x 8 Gb sticks and sell or give away the 2x 4 Gb RAM sticks), UHD, and a fast SSD drive.

Now, there are some issues w/ the Y50 UHD, including a software lock on the frequency of the screen (48 Hz) as well as some "tinting of the yellow" which can be "fixed somewhat" by adjusting the color profiles. The screen, however, is viewable from many angles, and many people on the Notebook Forum Y50 board agree that it's definitely better than the FHD screen, the above caveats aside. I'm not going to go into a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each of the Y50 variants, as that's beyond the scope of this post. You can read more here:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/i...thread.htm
http://forum.notebookreview.com/i...hread.html

There are NO Youtube reviews that I know of as of yet for the UHD Y50 Touch. However, you can view a review of the regular Y50 (non touch) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obowjGknfHk

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EDIT:

The panel is a PLS Samsung panel. Yes, there is a green tint. However, this can be corrected by using the profile at the bottom of the first post at the following link:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/i...hread.html
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Anyone else get an email alert that said this thing was $125? Must have had just enough characters in there before truncating the title...
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Great write up, man. Reps.
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Who the heck spends $1200+ on a laptop. This thing would depreciate in value by a good $400 after a year.
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Who the heck spends $1200+ on a laptop. This thing would depreciate in value by a good $400 after a year.
tell that to apple's customers
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Quote from Genius4sho View Post :
Who the heck spends $1200+ on a laptop. This thing would depreciate in value by a good $400 after a year.
Well, I'm someone who travels a lot for work. I also make decent $ but always like deals. This is something I can use during the wkdays when I'm not home. To each his/her own.
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interesting....there is alot of models....this doesnt seem bad for 4k and touch!
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Quote from Genius4sho View Post :
Who the heck spends $1200+ on a laptop. This thing would depreciate in value by a good $400 after a year.
Lots of people. Just about everything electronics would depreciate at that level.
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Quote from Genius4sho View Post :
Who the heck spends $1200+ on a laptop. This thing would depreciate in value by a good $400 after a year.
Well, there's a number of reasons.

1) You have money to burn.

2) Your laptop is your main/only computer.

3) You desire portability and performance.

4) You desire desktop-replacement kind of performance.
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Quote from pringlebbq View Post :
tell that to apple's customers
They hold their value though. Microsoft based laptops don't. The specs are mighty good for this laptop. It is a gaming laptop. They are expensive. I'll move on. Smilie
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The specs on this thing are insane...
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Quote from sbl03 View Post :
Well, there's a number of reasons.

1) You have money to burn.

2) Your laptop is your main/only computer.

3) You desire portability and performance.

4) You desire desktop-replacement kind of performance.

Do you know what a desktop equivalent would cost (without building it yourself)?
I'm not sure if portability matters to me...I know most of the specs don't cross over well (i7 on a desktop is more powerful than laptop i7's etc)
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Quote from Genius4sho View Post :
Who the heck spends $1200+ on a laptop. This thing would depreciate in value by a good $400 after a year.
Looks like you don't spend $1200 on a laptop.
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OP.... you mentioned about the infamous "lack of yellow color" in this laptop. If that is indeed true, I would highly recommend anyone seriously thinking about this laptop to go to a microsoft store and try this out: 1) Open microsoft word on this laptop 2) Draw a circle/square...basically any shape 3) Fill the shape with the "yellow" color. 4) Prepare to be amazed -- The color is actually mustard green 5) For best results repeat the steps on a nearby "regular" laptop and compare the colors side-by-side.

The yellow color issue has plagued several laptop brands (since they all probably procure the QHD screens from a common source) and I've frankly never heard of a solution that has fixed this issue - firmware or not.

If this problem is indeed there with this laptop, I would consider it to be a huge deal killer for an otherwise excellent laptop at a very good price.
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Quote from pringlebbq View Post :
tell that to apple's customers
Paid $900 for a MacBook Air in June 2012. Same laptop is going for about $650 right now, on eBay. I think there's a good chance you've never actually resold an Apple product -- they hold their value amazingly well.
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